May 25, 2009

What Happens If...

A few weeks back, as mentioned in a previous post, I injured my knee, and it was doubtful for a while that I would be fit to shoot at Jenni & Marc's wedding last weekend. As a sole trader, this is one of those things we all dread happening, and a common question from couples at meetings, "What happens if you are ill?" they ask. And it's quite right that they do. So let me answer that from experience.
My injury occurred 3 weeks before their day and I was quick to let them know the situation, that I hoped I would be recovered but was making contingency plans on their behalf so they needn't worry.
I had just recently been approached by Suzy, a student photographer looking for work experience, so a quick call to her and I was able to put someone in place who could shoot with me if I was well, but less nimble than usual. Next was to secure another local wedding photographer whom I could ask to cover the job for me at short notice if in the event I was unfit. And at this point I want to say what a great bunch of photographers we have in this area, because although we have mostly never met, absolutely everyone I talked to was great and expressed a wish to help out, it being their great fear too. Being a May Bank holiday however, everyone it seemed was already booked on another wedding job. And now I have to give the biggest message of thanks to the man who stepped in to help. I got a call back from Kevin Lindeque, who though booked for the Sunday, was free on the Saturday and offered to help by shooting for me. Kev is one of the local photographers whom I'd not met, or spoken to before but whose work I very much admired, and even recommended him on my website. I knew Kev would be perfect so we made the arrangements and I updated the couple to let them know the plans. Jenni and Marc were great about everything, wished me well and thanked me for sorting things out.
In the event, I was able to shoot part of the day myself, with Suzy assisting (her first wedding shoot, and I think she loved it!). After the service, Kev took over and handled the reception photography.
I cannot thank Kev enough for stepping in to help me out, Kev You're a star! and I look forward to buying you a beer very soon!
Needless to say, I'm happy to help out if any local photographers have a similar crisis!
I'll be posting some of the pics by Kev, Suzy and myself from Jenni & Marc's wedding shortly.

May 22, 2009

Meet Suzy

Originally uploaded by suzypuzz
I'm really pleased to introduce you today to Suzy, who is joining me for a spell of work experience. A Fine Art student at Lancaster University, with a growing interest in Photography, Suzy already has some great work on show on her Flickr site.

Lined up for Suzy is an introduction to wedding photography tomorrow (more on that later), when we'll be shooting the brides preparations together, a full wedding next weekend, a Trash The Dress shoot, some portraiture and working on some ideas for the Litfest picture bank.

And she doesn't know it yet, but maybe some guest blogging too!

May 21, 2009

Flax Books writer Tom Fletcher

Just heard the great news that Tom Fletcher, whom I photographed for Lancaster's very own Flax Books, when he was featured in the Flax006 anthology, has just been signed up on a 2 book deal by major UK publisher Quercus.
His first title, "The Leaping", centres around a group of former students working in a call centre in Manchester. To try and escape their daily boredom they buy a house in the Lake District only to find it situated near a pack of werewolves.
The book will be published in July 2010.
Nice one Tom!

May 19, 2009

Wray Scarecrow Festival

Another catch up post for today. Wray Scarecrow Festival, held every May Day Bank Holiday, is one of my favourite events of the year, and I thought this years event was better than usual.

The theme for the scarecows this year was "Your favourite kids TV program over the years".

There were some fine examples, and a selection can be seen here, but can you name all of them?

No prizes, just a nice warm glow inside from knowing you didn't waste all those years in front of the TV as a child!
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May 16, 2009

Rosie and the Goldbug

Rosie and the Goldbug
Originally uploaded by beanphoto
I'm a bit late posting this, but last month's Rosie and the Goldbug gig at Lancaster Library was a pretty good one!
They make a pretty big sound for a keyboard/drums/bass threepiece.

May 12, 2009

The Postman Always Rings Twice

I'm laid up with a leg injury at the moment, but spirits lifted the other morning when the postman knocked, bearing gifts from my elder brother, who had only just texted me to say he was sending over a belated birthday present.
So what do you get for a man who can't walk much at the moment?

mmm, cheers!

Sadly I have no dvd player at the moment, it broke, and so instead I'm experiencing the retro joy of VHS (so many cheap films at the charity shops!)

May 01, 2009

Deer in Williamson Park

For those disbelievers among you, a 100% accurate artists impression has just been released of this mornings sighting of a deer in Williamson Park.

Win me!

This week I was asked to donate an item to the Multiple Sclerosis Society (Lancaster, Morecambe & District Branch) Spring Ball charity auction and raffle to help raise funds.
I decided upon offering a photo session and free print.
The event will take place at The Carleton, Morecambe on Sunday 9th May, 2009, and along with the charity auction and raffle, will be an Abba tribute band!
For more information contact Julie Wilson (Treasurer)